Archive for February, 2009

BBC RADIO INTERVIEW

Posted in Uncategorized on February 25, 2009 by siyoli

radio-interview

Here’s something to listen to:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/humber/content/articles/2008/12/05/rh_listenlara_feature.shtml

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NEW WORLD RANKING

Posted in Uncategorized on February 13, 2009 by siyoli

Every month the world rankings are updated. Therefore, in the  near future, it will be important for me to aim to play at least one tournament a month.

January 2009 World Ranking: No.249

February 2009 World Ranking: No.210

The only way is up! Every milestone should be celebrated, right?!  Right.

News on French Tournament

Posted in Uncategorized on February 13, 2009 by siyoli

Unfortunately, I will be unable to compete in the tournament INTERNATIONAUX FEMININ DE CRETEIL 2009 due to my low world ranking. I was the 7th reserve on the final tournament entry list, an highly unlikely position to expect entry for the qualifying rounds of the tournament.

What’s next?

Sunny South African skies!

American President Theodore Roosevelt

Posted in Uncategorized on February 13, 2009 by siyoli

I am currently reading a book by John C. Maxwell called The 4 Pillars of Leadership. In this book it makes reference to one of Theodore Roosevelt’s most famous qoutes which uses a boxing analogy:

“It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiams, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”

After losing to Lotte Eriksen in Cardiff by just two points, and losing to Victoria in Edinburgh, one of the things that became apparent to me is that there does not seem to be a lot that separated us as players – yet someone  has to be the victor at the end of the day. Who? and Why?

There are the obvious answers to those questions: it is probably the one who wants it the most; is more consistent on the day; makes less errors; wins the last point…and so on. All these, i seem to know now, but knowing does not seem to be enough. One thing people have been happy to tell me over the last few years is that I am a good loser. It does make me happy that people are encouraged by my conduct, and my lack of tantrums and display of racket throwing abilities. But last week it got me thinking whether or not  I was getting too used to losing!?

I visited the New Frontiers Church in Edinburgh, King’s Church, the sunday morning before my plate final against Carrie Hastings. There, they read from Romans 5, verse 2-5: “And we rejoice in the hope of the Glory of God. Not only so, but we rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverence; perseverence character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.”

Well…what do you make of that?!

I guess then, we’ve gotta keep playing, get stuck in the game, and continue to be eager to learn.  I have also heard that patience cannot be learned overnight…

EDINBURGH FINALS

Posted in Uncategorized on February 1, 2009 by siyoli

Plate Finals

Played: Carrie Hastings
World Ranking: No.156
Country: England
Result: Won 3-0; 11/2, 11/2, 14/12